At the European Wine Bloggers Conference (EWBC), Ryan Opaz talked about new web tools that allow people to tell stories more effectively online. I’ve embedded the video of his presentation below, his slideshow, a list of all the tools he mentioned, and then a couple attempts to use the tools.
Web tools mentioned
These are broken down into some amorphous categories in Ryan’s presentation. I don’t agree with all of them, but I’ll stick to his order for the sake of simplicity.
Blog publishing platforms
- Blogger - a blogging platform, less awesome than the others on this list
- WordPress.com – WordPress hosted site, great free platform
- WordPress.org – self-hosted blog with wordpress content management system. This is how I publish the blog you are currently reading.
- Tumblr - Perfect for telling short stories with quick uploads or highlighting links/photos/media in an easy, aesthetic way. Might belong in the microblogging category.
- Posterous Spaces- One post here and posterous will turn around and post your update everywhere (ie any blog you set up, any social media account, etc.)
- Squarespace - A premium website creator that is apparently pretty intricate. For your typical 1000 € website that lots of wineries make, this makes just as much sense (if you have decent design sense) as hiring an outside contractor. Never used it myself though.
- Facebook – duh.
- Twitter – duh.
- Linkedin – why?
- Alternativeto.net - Alternativesto totally doesn’t belong in the middle of the microblogging slides, but SUCH is life. It’s awesome for finding new tools in any of these categories.
- Google+ – awesome?
- RSS/Podcasting explanation – Really Simple Syndication is a system that lets people know when you’ve updated your website. Podcasts are audio recordings that use RSS to appear in your mailbox or mp3 player or whatever everytime they’re released.
- AudioBoo - ultra easy way to record audio and immediately publish it
- YouTube - duh
- Qik - like audioboo for video. that is to say pushbutton recording and publishing for your camera phone.
- Animoto - effortlessly make jazzy looking slideshow presentations by uploading photos and music
Weird alternative forms
- Timetoast - timeline creation
- Dipity - more interactie timelines
- Bundlr - like a publishing platform for bookmarks
- Del.icio.us – like a publishing platform for bookmarks
- Pinterest - like a publishing platform for bookmarks
- Flickr galleries – like a bookmark platform just for photos on flickr
- Storify - compile tweets, videos, facebook stuff, etc. to make interesting narrative storylines
- Prezi prepare dynamic slideshows
- Aviary browser based photo editing / art software
- Gimp like photoshop but free and open
- Audacity free audio editing software
- Vimeo amazing video platform; like youtube but better quality (and less community interaction/traffic) Why isn’t this in the video section?
- Evernote – take notes on everything in one place; lists too
- Voice2Note – voice recordings made easy
- Google Apps – google’s suite of office applications, totally free, includes gmail masked through your domain name
- Scrivener – writing suite that will change the way you think about word processors
- Hover – domain management
Tools not mentioned
- ustream - super simple streaming video recordings
- vocaroo - quick audio recordings; sort of a poor man’s audioboo
- viadeo - billing themselves as something like the French LinkedIn, it’s not surprising Ryan Opaz glossed over them. It’s very French and very business-y. But a lot of people swear by it.
- adegga, vinogusto, winedemon - Ryan didn’t really talk about social media sites devoted to wine but these can be an important stomping ground for wineries to tell their stories. some sites like cellartracker really don’t offer that opportunity to winemakers, but others like Adegga allow for a lot of interaction and “ownership” on the part of producers.
Effort to use the tools
Animoto – I made an animated slideshow for my B&B with animoto. It was pretty painless but the free version is pretty amateur. It beats most of the ridiculously boring slideshow software I’ve seen, but it’s a far cry from the quality level I like. It’s great for a little slideshow for fun. I wouldn’t be proud enough to put it permanently on the landing page of my website. I bet the premium version is awesome though and it only costs like 5 bucks to do an unlimited number of videos for a month.
Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.
Dipity – I used this timeline tool and I think I should have used it for something else. I decided to start compiling a history of wines of carcassonne (upcoming book project), but I realize now that I missed the mark. This tool is really designed for contemporary, breaking news events. Or personal uploads. Regardless, here’s my first work in progress on the site.
Bundlr – I started using bundlr for an upcoming Carcassonne audio guide project which also ties into the geolocation presentation I’ll be giving at Vin 2.0 in Paris this December.
Storify – I tried to use storify to make something about the EWBC but it was already November and most of the tweets from the EWBC were already buried in the archives. Unless I’m missing something, storify is really meant to be used AS the event is unfolding. So I missed the opportunity to do one for the EWBC. But Wine Future Hong Kong was happening that day so I made a storify for it. The interface was very easy to learn and I’d say this whole experience was good. I like it. The finished product looked professional and was easy to read. And people loved my summary. It got a lot of retweets and attention. And it just involved me picking out my favorite tweets, photos and links (and I mostly pulled these photos and links from tweets too). And then it serves as link bait because everybody mentioned in your storify is proud that you cited them. Plus sometimes you get the opportunity to be pretty funny. One complaint: I didn’t realize that the URL wasn’t customizable so my hong kong wine future storify still has a soave italy url. Ooops.
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